Monday, December 20, 2010

Batshit crazy idea of the week

It's called the "repeal amendment" and it's gaining momentum. Essentially, it would allow states to overturn any federal law they found particularly repugnant, if they can get 2/3 of all states to agree.

The funny part is, the root of this absurd idea comes from those who cling to an absolutist, states-rights driven interpretation of the constitution. If the constitution is so damn perfect as is, why the fuck are you intent on changing it?

Yes, the federal government sometimes overreaches and passes an ill-advised law. But guess what? The constitution already allows us to throw people out of office and elect people who can vote to overturn those laws.

It's as if some people don't really want a country at all. Just a bunch of renegade states who occasionally come together to blow other countries up or invade people's bedrooms.

It also seems that people take a very selective reading of the constitution they claim to adore.

Anyone ever actually read the damn document? This little bit, called the preamble, seems to give the federal government a pretty broad scope.

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

There's also a whole section (Article 1, Section 10) that pretty explicitly calls out a bunch of shit that states don't have the right to do.

So before we go pulling out the muskets and marching off to Fort Sumter to start another civil war, let's get educated people.

If, after really reading the constitution, you still think we need a new law that essentially invalidates the whole document, go for it. Of course, that would involve actually reading something, and I have a hunch that's not really your thing.

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